Puma is rereleasing its classic 1986 RS-Computer running shoe

Puma resumed a limited reissue of the 1986 RS-Computer Running Shoe with a computer chip embedded in a massive heel module to record distance, time and calories. Runners can connect their shoes to an Apple IIE, Commodore 64, or IBM PC via a 16-pin connector to view data. In the above video you can see "PC with special software". This is a quaint blue screen that displays simple exercise data.

The updated version retains the original appearance but adds new features like 3D graphics. You can connect your shoes wirelessly to your phone using LED indicators, USB port for charging, and Bluetooth. Puma unveils 86 individually numbered pairs to be sold at Puma stores in Berlin, Tokyo and London and at KITH retail stores. Puma calls RS-Computer shoes (RS stands for "running system") as "the world's first computerized sneaker", but it will start selling on December 13th.

It is only partially correct claim. In 1984, Adidas released Micropacer shoes two years ago, which recorded the distance, running speed and calorie consumption through a microsensor on the left toe and displayed data on the screen on the oral tongue. But I did not have a port to connect my shoes to my computer.

Nonetheless, RS-Computer was undoubtedly ahead of time. We now have a wearable to track fitness data, but Puma has been releasing other models of RS shoes for years for nostalgic design fans. The RS-0 was released in April, and in collaboration with Ader Error, we were able to get the RS-100, which redesigned the same unusual design with updated colors.

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